Live Sessions

HearYa Live Sessions are recorded at SHIRK Studios in downtown Chicago, IL. Click for a tour of the studio.


Upcoming Sessions

More Phil Cook to be released soon

Past Sessions

Phil Cook #128

Rayland Baxter #127

Andrew Bryant #126

Strand of Oaks #125

Minor Characters #124

Bailiff #123

The Deep Dark Woods #122

Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers #121

The Love Language #120

J. Roddey Walston & The Business #119

Turnpike Troubadours #118

Roadkill Ghost Choir Session #117

Futurebirds Session #116

Pickwick Session #115

Water Liars, Session #114

Field Report, Session #113

Kopecky Family Band, Session #112

Bahamas, Session #111

Patterson Hood, Session #110

Yellow Ostrich, Session #109

Hey Rosetta!, Session #108

River Whyless, Session #107

Delta Spirit, Session #106

Plants and Animals, Session #105

Lindsay Fuller, Session #104

The Lumineers, Session #103

Bhi Bhiman, Session #102

Heartless Bastards, Session #101

Alabama Shakes, Session #100

WATERS, Session #99

Little Hurricane, Session #98

Bailiff, Session #97

Mates of State, Session #96

Mount Moriah, Session #95

Other Lives, Session #94

White Denim, Session #93

Joe Pug, Session #92

The Wilderness of Manitoba, Session #91

Trampled By Turtles, Session #90

The Moondoggies, Session #89

The Low Anthem, Session #88

The Love Language, Session #87

Strand Of Oaks, Session #86

First Aid Kit, Session #85

The Infamous Stringdusters, Session #84

J. Roddy Walston and The Business, Session #83

The Deep Dark Woods (Covers Session), Session #82

The Black Angels, Session #81

The Mynabirds, Session #80

Dax Riggs, Session #79

Samantha Crain, Session #78

Peter Wolf Crier, Session #77

Nick Jaina, Session #76

Futurebirds, Session #75

Horse Feathers, Session #74

Jill Andrews, Session #73

Megafaun, Session #72

Dinosaur Feathers, Session #71

Surfer Blood, Session #70

The Right Now, Session #69

John Butler Trio, Session #68

Foreign Born, Session #67

Dawn Landes, Session #66

Skybox, Session #65

AA Bondy, Session #64

The Mother Hips, Session #63

Lissie, Session #62

Elliott Brood, Session #61

Port O’Brien, Session #60

The Roadside Graves, Session #59

Strand Of Oaks, Session #58

The Low Anthem, Session #57

The Henry Clay People, Session #56

The Deep Dark Woods, Session #55

These United States, Session #54

Rock Plaza Central, Session #53

The Devil Makes Three, Session #52

The Dexateens, Session #51

Ha Ha Tonka, Session #50

Horse Feathers, Session #49

Other Lives, Session #48

Eulogies, Session #47

Blind Pilot, Session #46

Love Language, Session #45

Rural Alberta Advantage, Session #44

Hacienda, Session #43

Alberta Cross, Session #42

Heartless Bastards, Session #41

Those Darlins, Session #40

Musikanto, Session #39

Mason Proper, Session #38

Ben Sollee, Session #37

AA Bondy, Session #36

The Everybodyfields, Session #35

Gringo Star, Session #34

Tom Schraeder and His Ego, Session #33

Dead Confederate, Session #32

Sam Champion, Session #31

Backyard Tire Fire, Session #30

Your 33 Black Angels, Session #29

Jukebox The Ghost, Session #28

Danny Malone, Session #27

Leatherbag, Session #26

Samantha Crain, Session #25

The Explorers Club, Session #24

The Morning Benders, Session #23

Langhorne Slim, Session #22

Joe Pug, Session #21

Matthew Ryan, Session #20

The Acorn, Session #19

Modern Skirts, Session #18

Justin Townes Earl, Session #17

Howlin Rain, Session #16

Port O’Brien, Session #15

Fourth of July, Session #14

The Poison Control Center, Session #13

Radio Moscow, Session #12

The Spider Bags, Session #11

Dusty Rhodes and the River Band, Session #10

Gore Gore Girls, Session #9

Ha Ha Tonka, Session #8

Ferraby Lionheart, Session #7

Cracklin Moth, Session #6

The Morning Pages, Session #5

Illinois, Session #4

Buffalo Killers, Session #3

The Record Low, Session #2

The Antiques, Session #1

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

B.skater July 18, 2011 at 3:55 pm

I think your blog is great! If you get a chance, you should check out this band called the Heavy Empty.

They’re an ambient rock group, which has one of the most instrumentally dynamic sounds I’ve heard in a long time. They were mentioned on
Sound Dessert and a few other music blogs.

Anyway, if you get a chance check them out!

Steve August 24, 2011 at 10:47 am

How about a new session with A.A. Bondy for his third album Believers?

the girl December 15, 2011 at 8:12 pm

your sessions kick daytrotter’s ass. just sayin:)

cosmicoldcrowe January 24, 2012 at 5:55 pm

To the great people of

You guys should try to get Farewell Milwaukee (group from Minnesota) to do a session. Their 2011 release, “When It Sinks In” is a wonderful album! Thank you for all the great info and music. I greatly appreciate it.

Mann of Sandd January 30, 2012 at 12:22 am

Love this site. You’ve led me to so much new music in just the past couple of months. I would love to see a session with Morning Teleportation come up. They remind me of Modest Mouse mixed with White Denim. Keep up the good work!

Ashton Lane April 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Hearya rocks! will be swinging back soon x

Ryan September 15, 2012 at 12:27 am

I see you have a session on here from Jill Andrews… She turned me onto a band called The Dirty Guv’nahs out of Knoxville, TN. Would LOVE to hear them do a HearYa session soon. Amazing band. (

Barb November 22, 2012 at 3:17 am

You guys should check out Tommy and the High Pilots, if you haven’t heard of them. They are amazing, and I’d love to see them do a session here. 🙂

Randall Metting December 7, 2012 at 2:26 am

You must check out Ryan Bingham! Please. Love what y’all do. Keep up the excellent work!

Joe C December 31, 2012 at 9:30 pm

I’m new to your site. I just want to say: Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for introducing me to some great artists that I otherwise may have never heard of. Fantastic job by everyone involved in HearYa. 🙂

Alex February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

To the workers behind Hear Ya,
Thank you providing intimate, live sessions of music at the click of a button! It is very much enjoyed here in Oklahoma! Great band that has been around OK for some time now, the Admirals; give them a consideration for a set, I think you may be pleasantly surprised. Keep up the good work!

sinister kid June 19, 2013 at 3:41 pm

You guys should check out THE RACER from Monroe, NY!! sick, sick band Love your blog!!!

ekorn August 28, 2013 at 10:22 am

Just made my day seeing The Deep Dark Woods listed for an upcoming session! I was hoping there would be a third. Lots of video, please! And Thanks!

Hiltifinger November 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Can´t believe there are only 13 comments so far. Your Site ist truly one of the best!!! Thanks to You I knew such great artists as Joe Pug, The Lumineers and Strand of Oaks even before anyone in Germany ever heard of them. Big THANKX!!!

ekorn March 24, 2014 at 12:34 pm

So, are you waiting for me to offer to pay ransom for the third Deep Dark Woods session that you are holding hostage?

Shirk March 24, 2014 at 9:59 pm

ekorn- I’m on it. Sorry to keep you waiting so long. The studio has been so busy, it’s been hard for me to keep up with the HearYa session mixing/editing. It’s in the works though and I’ll have it to you soon enough. Thanks for being patient.

ekorn March 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

Shirk, I know it will be worth waiting for. Their previous HearYa sessions are my favourite musical find on the internet.

Alex Fox May 1, 2014 at 6:28 am

Dear Sir/Madam,

From the 12th of May, ‘Doctor Doctor’, the debut single from pianist/singer-songwriter Alex Fox, will be available from all good online stores and distributors.

Hailing from rural, coastal Essex, Alex Fox allies traditional songwriting and arrangements with contemporary themes – not too surprising given his background of classical piano and growing up in alternative and indie rock bands. Add his unique, soaring vocals and quite a heady mix is achieved.

Having performed his songs at not only several of the Uk’s premier venues and independent festivals, but also having showcased his classical repertoire at numerous concert halls across Europe, Alex Fox brings a unique perspective on what it takes to hold a room, regardless of size, as an artist and performer.

‘Doctor Doctor’ was recorded over the winter of 2013/2014 by on open fire, produced by Daniel Williams of Wild Combination/Magistrates and mastered by Christian Wright (Gravity CD Soundtrack/Gabrielle Aplin/Howler) at Abbey Road.

As ‘Doctor Doctor’ isn’t available to the public yet, please click the link below to privately stream ‘Doctor Doctor’, and please find attached the official press release.

This is the link to the launch party, being held at Proud Camden on May 14th. We would love for you to attend:

Please let me know if you wish to attend any of Alex Fox’s upcoming shows, or if you have any questions.


Alexander Condliffe

ekorn July 4, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one that would like to hear/see a Hard Working Americans live session!

Mike Kadziulis November 17, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Hello! This is Mike Kadziulis from Jeff McClusky & Associates and I represent a handful of up-and-coming artists in the indie/alternative landscape. I was turned on to your Hear Ya sessions recently and would love to learn more about your future plans. We too are based in Chicago, and we actually have a band by the name of Opus Orange coming into town to play the Empty Bottle this Friday.

I know timing is tight, but thought I’d introduce myself and run it by you to see if there are any opportunities to get the band in for a session this Friday — at the very least, I’d like to invite you out to the Empty Bottle show and meet you in person!

I look forward to hearing back from you.


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